Last weekend, I overheard a young teenage girl say to her parents, “It’s like Black Friday for grocery shopping in here!” I couldn’t help but think how quickly the holidays will be upon us. Every year I have grand plans to get a lot of holiday shopping done ahead of time, but making it happen is a whole different thing.
Every now and then when I am shopping I like to pick out a new ingredient to try. It keeps things interesting. It may sound silly, but for me trying new ingredients is a fun way to spice up a pretty regular routine. This time I came across coconut flour. It was my first time seeing it, and before last week I didn’t even know coconut flour existed.
Opening the package of coconut flour I was immediately overcome with a lovely, sweet scent. The smell of the coconut alone is motivation to break out the mixing bowls and bake. I was tempted to leave a bowl of the flour out just so I could smell it every time I walked by the kitchen.
A week prior, I received a sample package of Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops to try out. I’ve been enjoying testing the different flavors in everything from chocolate in my coffee to vanilla crème and hazelnut in homemade granola
bars. My first encounter with a stevia plant was in my brother-in-law’s garden 2 summers ago. Growing amongst the vegetables and herbs, I picked one leaf off the stevia plant and tasted it on my tongue. It was sweet and divine. My husband suggested that the Sweet Leaf lemon-drops would be a perfect match for the coconut flour, and I knew he was right.
I hope you enjoy!
Coconut Lemon-Drop Cookies
7 Tbsp. Earth Balance, softened
1 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
12 drops Lemon-Drop Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops
½ cup coconut flour
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. Baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350F
In a medium bowl, add coconut flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Sift dry ingredients by gently whisking.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the earth balance, olive oil and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the soy milk and lemon-drops and beat until combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the large mixing bowl and mix until just combined.
Disclosure: I received a free sample of Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops.